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WASHINGTON (Mar 02, 2022) -
As the fighting in Ukraine intensifies, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) is joining its voice with other global cardiovascular societies and humanitarian organizations urging support for all those caught in the escalating crisis.
In the decades since its founding in 1949, the ACC has evolved into a global leader in transforming cardiovascular care and improving heart health. With more than 54,000 members worldwide, of which more than 25% reside outside the U.S., the College has a long history of working with its partner societies and 42 International Chapters to tangibly reduce the global burden of cardiovascular disease and accelerate advances in heart care regardless of politics and borders.
“The ACC’s leaders and staff express our deepest concerns and support for our members and all those on the ground in Ukraine, as well as those in neighboring countries and throughout the world who are helping to provide support and medical care for the ever-growing number of refugees,” said ACC President Dipti Itchhaporia, MD, FACC. “We thank those who are literally on the front lines and continuing to provide care to patients from bomb shelters and basements. Our collective hope is for a resolution that mitigates any further loss of life.”
The ACC has made a donation to the UN Refugee Agency (USA for UNHCR) to provide much-needed emergency aid to families in Ukraine. Their work to provide “Help, Hope and Home” to refugees worldwide is consistent with what each of our members do each day – help and heal. ACC members seeking to make additional donations can access the UNHCR site, here. The International Committee of the Red Cross is also accepting donations for their on-the-ground efforts in the area.
The American College of Cardiology envisions a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes. As the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team, the mission of the College and its 54,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC bestows credentials upon cardiovascular professionals who meet stringent qualifications and leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College also provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research through its world-renowned JACC Journals, operates national registries to measure and improve care, and offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions. For more, visit acc.org.